Monday, February 28, 2011


Around the house at Gramma's...with the girls!

Here's B posing by her sister Gracie for Gramma.

Gracie and Gramma...Gracie has just eaten and we get to share a snuggle and a good burp!

Three amigos, just us girls:)

The purple smoothie:
I just about never measure my smoothie ingredients, I just add what I want to put into me or the kids!  I was making this smoothie for Miss B and I, so I wanted it to be yummy because she is my picky princess.

This yummy smoothie goes something like this:
a few cherries
some pineapple
a banana
half a can of Native Forest organic coconut milk
a little honey
some water
 (how much is based on whether you like creamy or more liquid smoothies)
some ice
Throw it all in the blender till smooth-ie.  

My picky princess had two helpings and got a "brain freeze" because she was drinking it so fast!!  De-ricious as B would say!

Miss B posing by our castle that we have to snap fast because she loves to knock over the castles after she tells you how pretty they are!

Here's Caleb sweeping the floor for his Mom, what a good guy:)  (and Max getting a drink).  Yep, Caleb is wearing shorts in February!  While in the house, both boys wear shorts ALL WINTER LONG!!  I'm freezing and wearing a sweater, two t-shirts with long sleeves layered over each other, long johns and pants and the boys aren't cold...what in the world!!

Tanner taking out the garbage for Mom during the recent snow we had.  He asked me, "why are you taking my picture taking out the garbage?"  
Well,  it's so pretty to see the white snow against the twilight and your standing in the beautiful snow fall and you're beautiful and... I really don't have a better reason than that.

Tanner running on the treadmill.  He mentioned to me the other day that he might like to cut his hair short.  It's been quite a while (as you can tell) since we cut it.  I said to him, "I was kinda thinkin' you had the Sampson thing goin' on and maybe you would be taking the Nazerite vow."  He said, "No, I still eat grapes and raisins!"
So, I guess that answers that...or does it?

Anywho, that is just a few random pics of some of the goings on around here over the last few days.

I'm still pondering how I'm going to write my commandments on my door posts...

So many things swirling in my head.

Gen 18:19  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. 

Blessings, Traci

Wisdom and prudence

This is the verse that is rattling around in my head today as I consider current world events.  

There is much to be said in scripture about prudence.  As with all things, there is prudence that comes out of wisdom from our Creator and there is prudence that comes from earthly knowledge and understanding which will not last.

Pro 14:8  The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. 
Because of wisdom placed in our hearts from Abba, we seek to understand "the way" in which our path which we are walking is leading us, we then begin to seek Abba's ways, to know and understand Him and how He works, to find the path that He instructs us to walk that leads to eternal life.

Pro 14:15  The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. 
Some will continue in the path of the majority, believing it is the right way because that is the most popular and the loudest message being shouted AND  often, it seems, to be the easiest way to go.  But, remember, there is earthly wisdom and wisdom from above.

Pro 14:18  The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 
Remember the verses:  Seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened (Matt. 7:7)?  Wisdom and understanding are the blessings we receive for our efforts to sincerely know Abba's truths.  They are "the crown" given to us...a crown that shows what family we belong to, the family of the ONE, true Father who has instructed us in the way we should go.

Remember, there is heavenly wisdom and prudence and there is earthly.  Those who desire the earthly ways will also receive a reward...but it is not a reward of blessing, rather, a reward of shame and judgment.
Jer 8:9  The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them? 
The word of Yah is described as wisdom to men here in Jer. 8:9 and those who reject it will be ashamed.

Psa 33:4  For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. 

Yahushuah said:  Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
We are sanctifed or set-apart by the word of Yah, first  by hearing then believing and doing (hear and do...Deu 4:5  Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. 
Deu 4:6  Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 

Deu 5:1  And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.) 

The word of Abba in all it's forms are one and NO MAN IS TO TAKE IT APART by adding to or taking away from what is says...It is to all generations, perpetually.  The word appears to man in the written form as instructions to all generations and as the word made flesh which became the final sacrifice for sin.  The two forms in which they have appeared to man are one, joined by Abba because each is created for a specific purpose (if you're getting the picture of a union between a man and wife in which each serves a specific purpose but are designed to operate as're getting the picture!!  One does have dominion over the other but does not do away with the other).  It is a picture of how our Father operates in wholeness or unity or completeness.  

As you study to seek truth and wisdom, remember the word of Yah is always teaching a division but the division is that of holy and unholy.  There is always both being shown in scripture.  The scriptures speak about life and death, cups of blessing and cups of curses, earthly wisdom and Heavenly wisdom, two types of burdens (good and evil), two yokes of bondage (one good, one evil).  You see, WE HAVE TWO CHOICES IN ALL or death, blessings or curses.  That's it.  That is why we are instructed to:
2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 
We are called to study, to learn the difference between clean and unclean, holy and profane and these truths are taught in the book that Abba left us that explains to His children how to live so He can be with us forever.  We all desire to do the same for our own teach them the best ways to go in so they don't see trouble, right?  He puts that love in us for our own children to show us that that is the same, deep love He has for us.

All that to say this, I guess...  I pray that we have prudence to prepare our hearts and our homes for any storm that we may encounter along "the way" that we will travel today or in the future.   I pray that we might sincerely seek to honor Yah the way He has instructed us to do and not in the way that seems right to us.  I pray that we will have enough of His wisdom and spirit of life in us to be a light to a world that is dieing.  I pray that we will stand firm with good courage and strength with  "a face like flint" with our "minds set" to show honor to our Father in all matters.

Lastly, I want to give thanks for this wonderful day that He has made!  Thank you Father for the opportunity to study your word today!!  You are so good to me!!

Blessings,  Traci

Friday, February 25, 2011

My High Places

Do you ever have times when you think, "I'm just not really doing anything that matters?"  That is a thought in my head that rears it's ugly head on occasion.  I used to work part-time outside the house and home school the boys but after Grandma passed away, I basically quit my job that I had worked at on a part-time basis for 16 years.   I was just so heartbroken when she died I couldn't hardly think clearly for about a year.  Since her death,  I have really had to consider what things matter most as I have pondered life and what is meaningful and how I spend my time.  I have come to realize that we are exactly where we are supposed to be on any given day, if we are following Abba.  His plan is perfect and His timing in always right.  So, I don't have to think I am supposed to be someplace else, doing some other job because He has brought me to "my high place" for today.  That is a real revelation...walking in that revelation on a daily basis is another matter.

I have been given trust over a husband, two boys (three really but my oldest is married now) and now I have the honor and blessing to see my children's children and care for them too while there Mama and Daddy are working.  Is there more than this?  Is there a higher blessing in this life?  It is all my heart desires...and yet, I still have my moments when I hear that voice that says, "You just aren't doing anything that matters, you should be out there occupying your time with (I don't know what...anything that's meaningful right?) saving the world.  Then I wake up again and remember, if I weren't doing what I'm doing...someone else would be doing it because someone has to do it!  Guess what?  I've been appointed, chosen even called to bring the skill Abba has placed in my heart (that is to be a keeper of my home and a teacher of my children, a guide, a protector, a wife and all the other things Abba has placed on me to desire to do) so that I am building my part of His house!!! (That's the general lesson in this weeks Torah portion in Ex. 35!!) That is so amazing to me.  To think that Abba places desires on us that serve the purpose that we are created for.  The important thing is to let others walk in the purpose that they were created for and not  have the attitude that everyone should be doing what your doing...That is Abba's decision, not mine.  So, I encourage you to consider what "desire" is within your heart to fulfill for His purpose and let your prayer be to ask Him to help you get to your high places and let you help others get to theirs.

Anywho, I wrote this rough draft up last evening not really knowing where I was going with it entirely but today I found this You Tube video from Aish that said it very well.  I hope, if you have time, you will take just a few minutes to watch this little uplifting video.  It's message is good... and I hope that no matter where your high places are, whether they are found in great recognition or quite servitude, that you are able to find the joy in being in "the way" chosen for you today.

Have a blessed day of preparation!


Take The Shot for...My High Places

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Recipe Korner: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here is a recipe for Peanut butter Chocolate Chip (gluten free) cookies.  My neighbor (just down the road) over at posted this and since I am not a huge fan of flour or sugar really, I thought I'd give these a try.  Yes, they  do have sugar in them but at least it's not flour and sugar and we won't have them around all the time because the speak my name and invite me to eat them, over and over...who needs that kind of torture?!

Anywho, I made these and we all loved them so I thought I'd share because these are a worthy yummy for special occasions like Shabbat or gatherings or just to fill the occasional sweet tooth cravings.  Your guests will love 'em AND they are really easy.

On to the recipe:

Preheat your oven to 350*

1 c peanut butter (you can use whatever peanut butter you prefer, creamy or crunchy...I used creamy)
1 egg
1 c brown sugar (does not have to be packed)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda

Mix this all together well with your mixer.  Once mixed, add 1 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
and fold those in well.

You may want to grease your cookie sheet.  Then use a rounded Tbsp. or a melon ball scoop to place them on the sheet.
Bake for about 10-13 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy.
(I doubled this recipe because I made it for Shabbat dinner and our study the next day with guests.)

Hope you have a great day and please enjoy your chocolate chip cookies responsibly!!


Updated: A few of my favorite pics button

I've added just a few more of pics to my "A few of my favorite pics" button if you want to take a look!

Here's me and Miss B with our "mush-beards," that's what she calls a mustache...or a beard, I'm not sure which one she's really talking about, both I guess:)

I'll continue to update as I gather more of my favorite shots.

Here is a cold weather pic with ice on the trees and a lovely Cardinal sitting near the feeder.  I love to see those colorful birds against the white of winter.  They are so beautiful to watch outside our window.

Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Quote of the Day

There is no one alive who is youer than you!
-Dr Seuss

Yah, you have created my inner most being; You knit me together in my mother’s whom.
I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:  Marvelous are Your works; my soul knoweth very well.
Psalms 139:13-14

Monday, February 21, 2011

How do you write the commandments on your door posts?

I have been doing a little reading on the command given by Abba to write His word on our gates and door posts, Deut. 6:4-9 (as I also ponder the meaning of binding them on our heads as frontlets between our eyes and on our arms…but I am still looking for understanding in that part). 
I know that there is a “kosher” way to hang a Mezuzah on our door post according to Judaism, however going by scripture, there is no written instruction as to how we are to “properly” write Abba’s commands but it does say we are to write them.
 We do have a “kosher” Mezuzah given to us by a friend and I love it because it was a sweet gift.  But we have done a couple of things on our own here to keep this commandment that I will share (So please excuse me if you are reading this and you are a “kosher” follower and like to do things that way, I have no problem with that but for me and my house, we are still searching for Abba’s heart in all the things we do as we seek to honor His instructions).  I believe Abba is faithful to honor our efforts as we seek to remember His words to us.

Why do I want to write the commandments of Elohiem on my door posts?
Deu 6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Deu 6:5  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deu 6:6  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Deu 6:7  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deu 6:8  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
Deu 6:9  And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Deu 11:13  And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
Deu 11:14  That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
Deu 11:15  And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.
Deu 11:16  Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deu 11:17  And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.
Deu 11:18  Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
Deu 11:19  And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deu 11:20  And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:
Deu 11:21  That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

So, we write them because we are instructed to AND because there is always blessing for doing what we have been instructed to do.

Some suggest that the Mezuzah is to remind you of the blood of the lamb which when applied to doorposts in Egypt, prevented the destroying angel from entering the home, that is a very interesting thought because Abba’s words bring and protect life.  But certainly one intent of having Abba’s words posted on the door posts is to remind those living in the home that the house has been dedicated to Elohiem  and those who dwell there should commit to walk according to those instructions given by Him. 

**Note, I am really leaning toward actually writing the Ten Commandments on my door posts rather than what we have done so far because it says to “write the commandments”  but I’m sharing what we’ve done to date.  Also, there are many beautiful Mezuzahs available  today so which ever way you choose to honor Abba’s commands, I am sure that both will be a conversation starter that  will give you opportunity to teach someone about Abba’s words.

Here’s a little background information about a Mezuzah as described in Orthodox Judaism
The word Mezuzah actually means door post.
According to Jewish tradition there are many “rules” that govern what would be considered a “kosher” Mezuzah” on your door post.  A Mezuzah must be handwritten. If it is printed, copied, photographed, or produced by any means other than writing, then it is invalid and may not be used (But in defense of this practice, the scripture does say to “write” the commands). 
It must be written with special ink on special parchment in Hebrew and there must be no mistakes or it is invalid and must be buried.
A Mezuzah must contain in Hebrew, in a special alphabet, the following two chapters: Deuteronomy 6:4-9, and Deuteronomy 11:13-21. Anything else, or anything more or less is completely unacceptable.
On the back of the parchment is the Hebrew word 'shaddai,' or a Hebrew letter “shin” one of the mystical names for the Almighty. Shaddai is also an acronym in Hebrew for Shomer Daltot Yisrael, which means Guardian of the Gates of Israel.
A mezuzah must be attached on the upper third of the right-hand side of the doorway as one enters, no less than one hand-breadth from the top. A blessing precedes the hanging.
It is to be hung on the inside right door post on a slant pointing inward to the room you are entering and it is said that you should touch it or kiss it each time you go out or in.  It is set in place as a reminder of Abba’s words to us, to remember Him.

So back to what we are doing to remember Abba’s command to write His commandments on our door posts at our house…
Having just described "kosher Mezuzah ettiquette" I will tell you that we do not seek to be kosher in light of rabinic tradition.  We simply desire to honor Abba's words as He has given them to us.  Plainly and simply out of a heart to please and honor him because He is our Heavenly Father.  So to have a Mezuzah or not to have a Mezuzah is up to you.  I don't feel you must own one in order to honor this commandment.  We are simply instructed to write them on our doorposts.  I believe each would be acceptable if done in faith that His word is true.  

Now back to what we've done:) Here’s a picture of the Mezuzahs the boys and I made a while back beside the brass Mezuzah given to us.  

The ones we made are made of Sculpey clay and I got the idea here:  This is a fun site with lots of creative ideas for little kids and adults.  These were our first attempts and I think that once we got the hang of working with the clay we could do better.  Making our own Mezuzah gives the kids a chance to put Abba’s instructions to work in their own lives and teaches them that every word spoke by Him matters.

Here’s another picture of what we did on the windows surrounding our doorposts.

I painted the first 10 Hebrew letters (religious or biblical text, and calendars in Hebrew will use Hebrew letters as numeric values… each letter in the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical value so The first 10 letters have a value of 1-10) as a reminder of the “Ten Commandments”. But as I said before, I want to find a beautiful way to display them at the door.


I love to see them there by my door posts because it is a reminder to me several times each day of the strength of Abba’s power and promises that endure for all generations.

I am open for learning in this matter.  However you are able to honor Abba's instructions to write His commandments on your door posts, I hope that His words are inscribed upon your hearts above all else.

Blessings, Traci 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Recipe Korner: Chicken Fajita Soup

This is one of our favorite home made soups.  It's really yummy, creamy and spicy.  

It takes a little preparation if you do it just the way the recipe calls but I think you could do this with left overs as well, either way, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Chicken Fijita Soup

*Soak 1 cup of black beans the night before, drain and cook about 1 hr. 30 min. or until done (I cook beans ahead and keep them in 1 1/2- 2 cup serv. in the freezer so they're ready when I want to use them or you could use canned).

*1 Roasted chicken meat removed (here you can use left overs or cooked chicken breasts if you prefer)

1 white onion chopped
2 Tbsp. Evoo (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
3 C V8 spicy tomato juice (or just make your own with tomato paste and water and cayenne to measure 3 cup liquid)
4 c cream
3 c water
1 can corn drained
4 Tbsp Fajita Seasoning (see below)

Saute onions in Evoo, shred whole chicken and place these in crock pot then add V8 juice, cream, water, onions and fajita seasoning and mix well.  Cook on low 2-3 hrs.  Add corn and cooked beans about 30 min before serving.

Fajita Seasoning
(This should be a little more than you'll need so measure and season to taste)
6 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red pepper
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

I'm not sure how many serving this actually makes but it is a large batch of soup.  It would probably be around 10 servings.

You can add cheddar or parmesan cheese and I'm a fan of crusty bread or flour tortillas baked or fried in coconut oil served with the soup.  Yummy:)

*Stock photo pics of this one, sorry;)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Reading together

***Note:  My links aren't working so it'll take me some time to get them all working...sorry!!!

The boys and I really like to read books together.   It’s nice to end the day sitting around together reading, we all (even Craig) really enjoy it. We recently made a list of some of our favorite books that we have read together because I love remembering these times together.  Some of the books the boys especially like are adventure, fiction, friendship, survival and some are series books.  Often, after reading a book from one author that we liked, we look for more of his/her books to read.   Sometimes to find good books I look through book lists or go by suggestions from friends or just take a chance based on the book’s description.   We have learned that Newbery award books (at least the ones we’ve read) are often good books that we can find at our library.   The books I've listed should be available at your local library but I've added links so the book description is available.

Here’s a few of our Favorite reads:

Author: Paulsen, Gary  
  (This is a Series.  The boys really enjoyed these and wanted to read them all and so did I)

The River
Brian’s Winter
Brian’s Hunt
Brian’s Return

Author: Peck, Richard
(The first two titles are sequential.  These were humorous and fun books for all of us.)
A long way from Chicago
A Year Down Yonder
Here lies the Librarian   

Author: George, Jean Craighead
(A trilogy.  Tanner read the Far side of the mountain and Frightful’s mountain twice and wanted to read them again until I persuaded him to move on to something new!)
My side of the mountain
The far side of the mountain
Frightful’s mountain

Author: Forbes, Ester
(This one’s a long one but it was still pretty good.  Early America setting.)
Title: Johnny Tremain

Author: Morpurgo, Michael
(This one was a real surprise.  It was a really good story!  We really enjoyed it but were unable to find anymore of this author’s books at our library)
Title: Private Peaceful

Author: Tenboom, Corrie
(We listened to this on audio in a play form.  The boys liked it a lot and we had a lot to talk about as we listened to it.)
Title:  The hiding place

Author:  Thedore, Taylor
(This was another unexpected surprise.  We loved this book and couldn’t wait to get back to it to see what was going to happen next.)
Title:  The Cay

Author: Trumbull, Robert
(I pulled this off the shelf at the library in the audio books and took it home based on the jacket’s description and was really surprised how quickly we were drawn into the story.)
Title: The Raft

Author:  Hemmingway, Ernest
(We got this book because it was listed as a reading assignment for Tanner’s language arts through literature class.  We got it on audio so we could all hear it and the story was kind of rough but still a story that you wanted to know what would happen at the end.)
Title:  The old man and the sea

Author:  Rawls, Wilson
(These two books were books that the boys just really enjoyed.  I don’t like sad animal stories so I cried, cried, cried at Where the red fern grows but the boys were fine and liked it just the same.)
Summer of monkeys
Where the Red Fern Grows

Author: Daly
(This isn’t a long book so it’s a quick read but it is a story that held their attention.)
Title:  The small war of sergeant donkey

Dear America Series, My name is America
(This series has many books in it.  The boys just chose what they wanted to read and they chose to read quite a few of them.  This series is for boys but there is also a girls series too.  There are too many of these to post them all so here is just one.)

Author:  Maybury, Richard J.
(These are excellent books for high school level reading.  They are written in letter form and teach economics and justice but don’t let that make you think these are boring…they are great and written to be clear and interesting AND they explain what is wrong with our current economic and justice systems.  There are others in Maybury’s books to read but we haven’t read them yet but do have them on our shelf.)
Whatever happened to penny candy
Whatever happened to justice

I wouldn’t say I endorse every line that is in each of these books as they are  mostly secular reading books off library shelves but we did enjoy reading these books together and the beauty of reading together allows us to censor if needed or discuss a passage if needed.   

We're looking for a new book now because we just finished a trilogy that we had a lot of fun reading.  I'm so thankful for this time together.

I'd Love to hear any reading ideas from others who would like to share:)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How to: Make Vapor Rub Recipe

Here is a recipe that was sent to me by the gals in my Wise Home group.  Lots of people find relief from their cold symptoms by rubbing Vapor-Rub on the soles of their  feet then putting a warm pair of socks on prior to climbing into bed.  Our own  little B. Faith likes to have her Mama rub “medicine on her feeties” when she’s not feeling good so this is a recipe for those times when colds strike that has some real healing ingredients and none of the unhealthy ingredients found in the otc (over the counter) brand name products.

Here is my Coconut and olive oil, bees wax and essential oils for the ointment.
DateMonday, January 31, 2011 at 8:00AM
When your family gets a cold, especially kids, something like Vapor-Rub can be just what you need to help everyone get much-needed rest at night.  Except that store-bought Vapor-Rub is full of junk!  It's petroleum-based, first of all, and why do we want to be rubbing that on our skin?  Second, the adult version contains menthol, which has been shown to cause lung problems in some babies and children (and, I wouldn't be surprised, adults too).  Not really a good option.  There has to be a better way!
When my kids came down with minor colds recently, I decided to mix some up and see if it helped.  It did.  My daughter, who had coughed quite a bit the night before, slept soundly.  My son...didn't, but if you've read my posts on sleeping babies, then you know he never sleeps through the night anyway.  But every time I went in his room he was breathing freely, so there's that!  (And the following night he did give me a good 7-hour stretch, so...that's something too!)
Best of all, this is completely natural and safe for people of all ages.  Here's what you need:
  • 5 tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil (a natural anti-viral)
  • 1 tbsp. evening primrose oil (could use sweet almond, olive, etc. if you want)
  • 2 tbsp. beeswax
  • 8 - 10 drops tea tree essential oil (also a natural anti-viral)
  • 15 - 20 drops rosemary essential oil (aids breathing)
  • ***Note: you can also use Wintergreen, peppermint or Eucalyptys oils in the mix.
  •  I am currently using Rocky Mountain essential oils.
In a small pan over low heat, melt the coconut oil and evening primrose oil.  Add the beeswax, chopped up or in granules (mine was in a large chunk, so I chopped) and stir until melted.  Add the essential oils and stir to combine.  Pour into a 4-oz. glass jar and allow to cool.  This mix is not completely solid even when cool, so be careful of that when you open the jar.  
Before bed, put this mixture on the feet and then put socks over it.  When it's put on the feet, it's absorbed quickly into the body and it goes through the whole system.  That's why it works.  You could follow this up with a spoonful of raw honey, and the same essential oils in a humidifier (which I did).  Worked great, and we all got sleep!

***Note: You can also must mix your oils in just a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil without the beeswax but the bees wax will help it not to be so liquid so that it stays put a little better.  Without it, even the coconut oil melts and becomes liquid at about 76* and will be quite runny.
So mix some of this up and the next time someone in  your house has the sniffles, be sure to "rub some medicine on their feeties" so they can feel better.

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